Just recently, and before a foreign press, the American actress, Sharon Stone, repeated a bogus and discredited figure of 600,000 Iraqis killed in the Iraq War since March 20, 2003. Of course, the "killers" were our own American soldiers. Actually, she was probably repeating the highly questionable "empirical" study (not a statistical or fact-based study) that was conducted by a research team from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and which was published in October of 2006. By the research team's own admission, the study said it had a margin of error of 426,369 to 793,663 deaths. On the high side, that is 193 thousand "more" deaths than there own estimate of 600,000 deaths! (You can read the October 2006 New York Times Report by clicking on this link).
The fact is that you would need to average 500 deaths per day, every day, for 3-1/2 years from March 20, 2003 to October 2006 to come up with their number. The worst day ever in Iraq was Aug 14, 2007 when an estimated 525 Iraqis died from suicide fuel tanker bombs in Yasidi villages in the Sinjar area. The next highest day was November 23, 2006 when approximately 215 Iraqis died in Sadr City, Baghdad. Beyond that, the worst days in Iraq fell below 120 deaths on any given day and usually that number was well below 40. Further, many days saw little or no deaths. Maybe, only 1 or 2 deaths on those days. And, believe me, with as many reporters as there are on the ground in Iraq, it would be extremely difficult to hide 500 Iraqi deaths on a daily basis without it being reported by much of the anti-war press.
Besides Sharon Stone, Rosie O'Donnell has also floated this number "as the truth" when she was a regular on ABC's "The View." And, beyond Rosie and Sharon, others in Hollywood and in the Music industry have also repeated that number. My guess is that it's the "lie" that is repeated at every left-wing, anti-war discussion that occurs at the various "drug-and-drink" celeb parties in Hollywood. They believe it...so, should we! But, take heart! There's some good news in that number. It has been stuck at the 600,000 Iraqi deaths since October 2006. The anti-war Hollywood crowd hasn't "upped" that number by a single Iraqi since it was first reported. Does that mean that there hasn't been anymore deaths since then?
This kind of thing only shows how ridiculously deceitful the Hollywood crowd really is. And, how they use their popularity to promote falsehoods in the media; usually the foreign media. And, it goes unquestioned by the liberal press. I believe it also shows their own stupidity and their own failure to understand the damage that they are doing to our country with such false statements. It shows that their left-wing politics is more important than the truth. It, in many ways, harkens back to the days of the "black listings" when Hollywood was under the microscope for their possible involvement with Communism. And, it seriously gives our enemies the comfort they seek because it implies that Americans and our soldiers are "worse" than the terrorists. And, this is clearly apparent from this news story and commentary about Sharon Stone's comments. (See Full Story).
A more truthful number of causalities can be found at the "Iraq Body Count" website (See Full Site). And, the site is, by no means, a pro-war or pro-Bush. However, it is not trying to distort the truth. And, their statistics are very close to the numbers that the United Nations has been tallying since the war began.
Do not get me wrong, I am not downplaying the cost of war in terms of human causalities. War is truly "hell" for those who have to live and die in the midst of it. But, it was also "hell" for the estimated 1/2 million Iraqis who died at the hands of Saddam Hussein, his henchman, and, particularly, his two sons. It was also "hell" when you tally the nearly one million Iranians and nearly 400,000 Iraqis who had to die when Iraq went to war with Iran from 1980 to 1988. And, it was "hell" for the more than 10,000 Kuwaitis who were killed and tortured at the hands of Iraqi soldiers in Saddam's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.
Unfortunately, Hollywood has no comment on those facts. In Hollywood's mind, America is the invader and Saddam should have been allowed to continue his murderous ways...forever! Apparently, there is no pride in Hollywood for this country's desire to free those who can't free themselves. And, there is no pride in Hollywood for this country's desire to suppress the "bullies" of the world so that the world can be a more peaceful place. Only if we had actually found the "weapons of mass destruction" would Hollywood have been satisfied; and, I'm not sure then. The fact that we didn't find WMD's is the left-wing's answer to the continued irresponsibility of America and the proof of why this country should be hated. It's the reason that every two-bit actor and actress feels that they have a responsibility to go overseas and emphasize to the foreign press that America is bad; bad; bad... The nearly 2 million dead innocents that Saddam Hussein left in the "wake" of his life is, well, immaterial.